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Violence erupts in CPT truckers strike

Striking truck drivers in CPT are allegedly intimidating non-striking drivers.

Cape Town firefighters put out the burning truck at Afrox in Epping on 3 October 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

NYANGA - It appears striking truck drivers in the Western Cape have again been intimidating people, this time as they were making their way to Parow during a planned South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) march.

Security guards at Nyanga Junction described seeing a crowd of striking truck drivers intimidating workers delivering goods on Thursday morning.

One guard told Eyewitness News the group held sticks, bricks and heavy rocks.

At the same time, a working truck driver employed by a hardware company said he feared being attacked.

He said working drivers were being targeted on the routes they covered.

Meanwhile, police in Southern Cape said they were investigating whether a truck that was hijacked and set alight near the Thembalethu township last night was linked to the ongoing strike.

Three trucks were torched in Cape Town on Wednesday, and at least 20 more across the country over the past week.

This despite the fact the Labour Court issued an interdict last week Friday, preventing workers from resorting to violence.

JOHANNESBURG

Three people were injured when their truck was petrol bombed allegedly by striking truck drivers on Johannesberg's East Rand.

Authorities said the three were attacked by a mob that threw a petrol bomb at their truck earlier.

Ekurhuleni metro police's Vusi Mabanga said, "The driver and his two co-drivers were assaulted by the strikers and were all checked into the nearest hospital with serious injuries. At this stage, no other incident has been reported and the truck is still on the scene."

Negotiations between unions and employers are scheduled to resume Thursday afternoon.

More than 22,000 workers countrywide abandoned their posts last week Monday and have refused to report for duty until employers offer them a 12 percent salary increase.